192kHz Stories January 4, 2016

Apogee Groove portable USB DAC/headphone amp for Mac & PC $240 shipped (Reg. $295)

Update (1/04 2:20pm): Adorama has the Denon DA-300USB High Resolution Audio DAC Headphone Amplifier for $219.99 shipped (Reg. $455+).

Adorama is offering the Apogee Electronics Groove portable USB DAC and headphone amp for $239.99 shipped. That’s $55 below the going rate from just about all major retailers including Amazon and B&H. While we have seen it discounted as part of larger (and more expensive) recording bundles, this is the lowest direct discount we have ever tracked since Apogee released the Groove DAC. While reviews are some what light here at 4.8/5 stars from only 30 Amazon customers, Apogee is widely considered to be a (if not, the) recording industry leader in analog-to-digital conversion and just about all of its gear has 4+ star ratings.

This mini portable (“Quad Sum”) headphone amp/DAC offers studio quality audio playback on-the-go and is great for driving high-end headphones. It features 24 bit/192kHz audio, USB 2.0 for direct connection with your Mac/PC, and a Made in the USA all-aluminum exterior. You’ll find even more details right here

192kHz Stories May 19, 2015

Apogee’s new aluminum USB headphone amp and portable DAC is now available

Back in January Apogee unveiled its portable Groove USB headphone amp and DAC, and today the company is announcing its worldwide availability. Apogee has long since been known as a recording industry leader in digital-to-analog audio gear, and you’re going to be paying for it with Groove.

You’re getting a quad sum DAC (4 DACs per channel) that can reproduce high fidelity 24 bit audio at 192kHz and an interesting feature known as “Constant Current Drive”. This allows Groove to adapt to your particular set of headphones, adjusting the output wattage specifically for your set-up.

The USB connected DAC/amp is built from “premium” aluminum and will set you back $295. While certainly a steep price considering some headphones aren’t even that much, it will be interesting to see what a company like Apogee can do with a great pair of cans and some high quality FLAC/AIFFs or streaming from something like Tidal. We are starting to see the Groove pop up at retailers like Amazon and B&H, as well as on Apogee’s web store and at brick and mortar locations.

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